Hong Kong highlight for Blue Gum Farm

Blue Gum Farm has received a Hong Kong Group 1 update for the Melbourne Premier Sale in March.

The Euroa stud will sell a Lonhro half-sister to HKJC Centenary Cup winner Amber Sky catalogued as Lot 615 among its draft of 21 yearlings at Oaklands Junction.

Amber Sky (4g Exceed And Excel – Truly Wicked by Rubiton) jumped straight to the front in Hong Kong’s premier straight-course sprint and ran his rivals ragged over 1000 metres in 55.86s.

Yrainer Ricky Yiu now has multiple options including the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize at home and the G1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai and G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on the road.

“I didn’t expect him to win so easily,” Yiu admitted.  “He’s a bit of a one-dimensional horse – 1000 metres down a straight is what he’s best at – so we’ve entered him for the Al Quoz Sprint.  We have a fair bit of experience in Dubai so we’re not worried about going there.”

Bred by Des Pope’s Rubiton Bloodstock, Amber Sky was purchased by Yiu for $80,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  His dam Truly Wicked was a Group 2 winner at Moonee Valley – her Lonhro colt failed to reach a $150,000 reserve at last year’s Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Amber Sky was Hong Kong’s Champion Griffin in 2011-12 after three consecutive victories as a two-year-old, including a Class 3 event against older gallopers.  He is owned by action movie star Hung Kam Po and has won 6 times in 13 starts for earnings the equivalent of AUD 1.09 million.